Gordon & Li Li : words for everyday, by Michele Wong McSween
This book is in Chinese and English. It talks about different animals in Chinese. My mum also speaks Chinese. I don’t speak so much Chinese, so I need to learn.
Reviewed by Carson from Tawa and , 5 years old
Fresh in your local library! These 4 new non-fiction books are perfect for the last few days before term 3. Find a warm quiet corner and curl up with these amazing facts.
A brilliant, funny, inspiring collection of every kind of poems about sport and sporting events of every kind from PE lessons to sports day to the final men’s 100m race. Great to have on hand just in time for the Olympics.
The Weird and Wonderful worlds of words.
Looking for a crash course of the English language? Then check out this amazing new book on the English language. You discover a world can play tricks on the brain and trip up the tongue, cause magic and mayhem, pleasure and pain, and fun and frustration. But overall you will discover the beauty and wonder of the English language.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of words.
Voices from the second world war.
Take a journey into world where RAF pilots, evacuees, resistance fighters, land-girls, US navy, sailors and survivors of the Holocaust and Hiroshima bombing all tell their stories, passing on the lessons learned to a new generation.
Frogs Close up.
Take a closer look at these amazing amphibians. Frogs go through an amazing transformation during their life cycle, and are well adapted to living on land and in water.
Celebrate Tongan Language Week 30th August – 5th September 2015.
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This year’s theme is Fakakaloa Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e faiva ‘a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan arts. This celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate through music, song, dance, food, crafts and language.
Did you know…? There are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga, giving lea faka-Tonga (the Tonga language) and anga faka-Tonga (Tonga culture) a special place here.
Have a go a Lea Faka-Tonga.
The basic level of counting in Tongan is easier then you think. All you have to do is learn the numbers 0-10 then you can count from 1-99. Follow these simple rules.
Counting 1-99 in Tongan
- numbers 0-9 noa, taha, ua, tolu, fā, nima, ono, fitu, valu, hiva
- the number for 10 is hongofulu (hoh-ngoh-foo-loo)
- the number for 100 is teau (teh-ah-oo)
- every other number is literally the words 0-9 combined: twenty becomes two zero – ua noa
- three exceptions to the rule 22, 55 and 99 words shortened to uo ua, nime nima, hive hiva
Example: How do you say the following numbers in Tongan?
- 19 (nineteen) – taha hiva
- 44 (fourty four) – fā fā
- 99 (ninety nine) – hive hiva
- 87 (eighty seven) – valu fitu
Test: Can you saying the following numbers in Tongan?
- 15 (fifthteen)
- 33 (thirtythree)
- 50 (fifty)
- 11 (eleven)
Here are some fun online learning games for Tongan, and a simple guide to the language for beginners.
Or try a book!